WASHINGTON (AP) _ In baseball it’s three strikes and you’re out. So Washington baseball fans think they have another shot coming.
In 1961 the Senators moved to Minnesota to become the Twins and the new Senators packed up and left for Arlington, Texas, in 1972 to wear Ranger uniforms.
On Monday, local officials and 500 Washington area little league players staged a 45-block baseball toss in 87-degree heat to bolster support for bringing major league baseball back to the nation’s capital.
District of Columbia council member Frank Smith, chairman of the D.C. Baseball Commission, tossed the first ball Monday from the steps of city hall to begin the relay, which ended about one hour later at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.
City officials have been working about a year to convince National League owners to put an expansion team in town.
″Washington has proved it’s willing to hustle to get a ballclub. There’s no question that when baseball expands, Washington will be one of the two top cities,″ Smith said. ---
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kim Glodek, a 12-year-old girl whose desire to play baseball with the boys of summer aroused public outcry, has been given the okay by the city’s Human Relations Commission to play ball.
In a unanimous decision Monday, the three-member panel ruled that the Wissahickon Athletic Association, in rebuffing Kim’s attempts to try out for its boys’ hardball league, had practiced sex discrimination and must allow her to play.
Kim, an eighth-grader whose .800 batting average in girls’ softball and admiration for Pete Rose prompted her February try-out request, said Monday she will try to shake off all the attention and just play baseball, starting in the next few days.
″We’re super thrilled,″ said Kim’s mother, Carol Glodek. ″It was worth everything.″
She referred to outcry sparked when she and her husband Hank decided their 73-pound daughter, described by a former coach as a ″fantastic″ athlete, had a right to play.
The Wissahickon Athletic Association’s president, Michael Kerr, has said he will abide by the commission’s decision. ---
NEW YORK (AP) - Ty Cobb’s youngest child wants to see an asterisk next to Pete Rose’s name in the record book.
James H. Cobb, a 66-year-old retired California businessman, was quoted in published reports Tuesday as saying that when Rose breaks the all-time record for hits, it will be a tainted accomplishment.
The younger Cobb said that longer seasons, improved equipment and more comfortable travel have given Rose an unfair advantage.
Rose has 4,149 career hits, 43 away from Cobb’s record.
″If Pete Rose had the same schedule my father had, Pete wouldn’t even have 4,000 hits yet,″ Cobb said Sunday during a visit to Cincinnati, where Rose plays for and manages the Reds.
″I don’t want this to sound like sour grapes or anything, but I think the word record is used too loosely today.″
James Cobb did venture to make a comparison, though, saying: ″He’s very much like my father. He would admire Pete’s determination.″ ---
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Mark McCabe has tracked down enough autographs and collected enough baseball cards to turn his bedroom into a sports museum, but one signature has eluded the 15-year-old.
″I did get Larry Holmes’ autograph and Gerry Cooney sent me his earlier this year when he was making a comeback,″ said McCabe. ″But the one I’m really after is Muhammad Ali.″
McCabe has collected cards for years, but only began tracking down autographs since March. So far, he has collected between 700 and 800 signatures, but not Ali’s.
″I called out to Los Angeles, just on the chance that he might be living there, trying to get his address, and when I asked the operator for it she said, ‘Which one?’
″It turns out there’s about five or six Muhammad Alis out there, so that was kind of a dead end,″ McCabe said. ″But I’m not going to give up that easily.″ ---
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The International Hockey League’s Board of Governors enrolled eight teams Monday for the 1985-86 season and approved a nine-game schedule with Team Canada.
At its annual meeting in Kalamazoo, the board also gave the Indianapolis Checkers until July 12 to declare whether the team will play next season, said Steve Doherty, a spokesman for the Kalamazoo Wings.
Doherty said each team will play Team Canada once and the game results will be included in the regular-season standings.
The 82-game, 1985-86 IHL season runs from Oct. 18 to April 13.